In An Abbey Garden - Poem
Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland
In An Abbey Garden
Hart's tongue, rusty-back, maidenhair,
Fern folk swaying in the summer air;
Streamflow, riverrun, weirwater fall
Rushings and ripplings by the mossgrown wall.
Blackbird, songthrush, in noonday sun,
Pipings and warblings, notes as one;
Glottal-stop, cadence-flow, sweet birdtalk,
Sacramental hymn of the leafroofed walk.
By Michael Hensey